Storyline and cast
Rugged Justice is an American crime and documentary reality series that follows Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) police as they patrol the unforgiving mountainous terrain of the Evergreen State. Produced by Shark Teeth Films, Rugged Justice is executive produced by Adrian Carter, Tom Mudd, Alex Rader and Keith Hoffman. The series premiered on January 18, 2015 and is currently airing its third season, which started on August 25, 2016 on Animal Planet.
Rugged Justice chronicles the lives of officers who are assigned to protect more than 42 million acres of the woodlands, mountains, densely populated urban areas and back roads of Washington State. Every day brings new challenges and extreme danger as law enforcement respond to more than 225,000 calls each year.
The Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confront a lying hunter, catch a couple in the act of crab poaching and deal with anglers illegally snagging salmon. Finally, an officer must make a difficult decision regarding a blind mule deer buck.
Fish and Wildlife officers track down a trespassing elk poacher; sick coyote reported; father-daughter duo are caught red-handed illegally harvesting white fish; officers confront a repeat wildlife offender.
Washington State's Fish and Wildlife Police keep busy as they arrest a repeat criminal, discover a headless elk and go on litter patrol; commercial Canadian crabbers illegally catch crabs in American waters.
A salmon poacher is arrested in Seattle, while in the rainforest an officer deals with an illegal elk kill. A duck hunter with a criminal past and an illegal shotgun is confronted, and a trapped black tail deer is finally freed from a storage compound.
Washington's Fish and Wildlife Police search for stranded cougar cubs. In the Seattle harbor, an unsuspecting rock fish poacher is arrested. A hunter driving with a loaded weapon is caught and an officer confronts a family harvesting undersized crabs.
Menacing bear is released back into the forest; campers have a fire in a no burn area; vessel is on the verge of sinking; boater has had way too much to drink; police confront a sex offender attempting to flee.
Washington's DSFW police catch a man with multiple warrants and chase after an assailant in a large beach rumble; they later deal with a salmon poacher and belligerent fishermen.
Officers protect orca whales, a mother hen and her ducklings; showdown with a repeat offender; drunk driver is arrested; black market shrimp trafficker is taken down.
Officers of the Fish and Wildlife police respond to a boating accident, face off against a suspect with a checkered past and arrest a lawbreaker; another officer assists injured wildlife creatures.
Two men wanted on felony warrants are captured by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police; an officer helps at the scene of car crash; a trombone player serenades an officer.
The Fish and Wildlife Police swing into action to release a menacing bear into the wild, a DUI driver is apprehended, suspects with multiple warrants are caught and taken to jail, and an officer attempts to save ducklings trapped in a storm drain.
Washington State's Fish & Wildlife Police confront bear poachers as an inebriated suspect is taken to jail. A man with an outstanding warrant is caught having sexual relations with a woman and an officer has a surprise run in with a rattlesnake.
The officers look back on their most memorable APBs; tragedy strikes on a desert highway; a family boat cruise becomes nightmare.
The officers of the Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife look back on their most memorable APBs from past seasons. In this episode, the officers make a drug arrest, search the woods for a wanted criminal, and more.
A look back on the most thrilling moments of The officers of the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.